When to buy baby stuff

posted 8 months ago in Pregnancy
Post # 16
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2015

I’m almost 20 weeks and all we have so far are a sleepsack we bought at a babies r us going out of business sale during my first short lived pregnancy, and a onesie we bought with a gift card early in this one. My sister just sent us a couple swaddles and that about sums it up lol. I have the anatomy scan soon so if that goes well I plan to start scoping out secondhand shops after that. We’re not having a shower but will be putting a small registry together for close family to reference (and to get the Amazon welcome box!). We have a small place so I also don’t want to get too many big things too soon.

Post # 17
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Busy bee

It is better to buy items later on in the pregnancy. Absolute worst case scenario if something goes wrong, the last thing you need is reminders everywhere. 

Post # 18
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2016

Clearly in the minority here but I bought stuff early with my first pregnancy. Things I knew we weren’t putting on our registry but needed, I purchased when they were on sale/good deals (crib, dresser, glider, and travel system). I’m 4.5 weeks right now and totally purchased the second crib/mattress and dresser for this new squish because it was an amazing deal. 

People love to give gifts for new babies! Friends, family, neighbors, coworkers and even friends of our parents we hadn’t met gave us gifts when LO#1 came along!  If it’s a must have item and one you don’t plan to put on your registry I think it’s fine to buy at any point. Smaller stuff like clothes, blankets, pacifiers, etc you’ll most likely get MANY in the form of gifts. If you’ve had your baby shower and are 36+ weeks along and still missing essentials, then I’d get them. 

Post # 19
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Busy bee

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almk87 :  I bought the first onesie at 12 weeks but didn’t buy baby gear until my third trimester. I wanted to wait to see what I received at my baby shower so that I wouldn’t be stuck having multiple items and needing to return things. There were some things I ended up buying after my son was already born because the things I already had weren’t working or there were things I didn’t think of until I became a mom. 

Post # 20
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

I was nervous and didn’t buy anything until 30 weeks – got a stroller/car seat set on a great sale. Didn’t buy anything else til a few weeks later. But I had everything planned out so when I was ready I was able to get everything fast. 

Post # 21
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2016

for the big stuff, crib, car seat, stroller, we bought around the 6 month mark. Everything else we waited till after the baby shower which happened around end of 7 months for us. 

Sure i bought little things here and there to decorate his room, some cute baby clothes if i happened to see some when wandering around stores. 

we also pretty much waited till the month before my due date to buy baby bottles, formula, high chair. 

i would take advantage of waiting to see what goes up for black friday this holiday season since you will still be pregnant then. But i wouldnt wait solely for that to buy anything big, i found that the discount for baby stuff isnt as much as i thought it would be for a black firday sale when i was pregnant last year. 

Post # 22
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

Currently 17 weeks and we bought a rug for the nursery last week. That’s it. I want to wait until our 20 week scan to buy any baby specific items. We declined all genetic testing so I’m excited to have our scan to make sure baby is doing ok in there. But I pretty much have everything picked out that I want to get!

Post # 23
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: July 2017

i started getting stuff about a month before baby was due, but we also got a lot of hand me downs so there wasn’t the same pressure to acquire stuff. I didn’t actually make a baby registry until a couple days before my due date.

Post # 24
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2012

Based on two previous losses, I didn’t buy anything until around 19w. Our gender ultrasound was the week after Thanksgiving so I did end up buying a few things at Carters during the Black Friday sale and just returned the girl stuff the following week after I found out we were having a boy. 

After that I did pick up a few things here and there but nothing big until much later. After my baby shower we purchased the remainder of the stuff we needed prior to the arrival. 

Post # 25
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2016

I knew I wanted to buy used for most items (upcycle/re-use mentality), that I’m very particular about what I want, and that I don’t plan on having a traditional baby shower (no registry, request only for books, co-ed hosted dinner, etc).

So I started monitoring FB marketplace and craigslist from 12 weeks on to get an idea of what items come up frequently, what will be harder to find, and to start monitoring for pieces that I knew were going to be rarer. I found the exact stroller and bassinet I wanted at awesoem prices around 15 weeks so pulled the trigger and bought. I’ve purchased the odd additional smaller item here and there since then too.

For items I know we’re buying new or items that I know I want but they come up really often on FB marketplace, I’ll wait until third trimester to start acquiring – otherwise stuff will just sit in hte nursery collecting. We have already started receiving gifts from family as this is first baby on my husband’s side and they’re all veeeeery excited 🙂

I didn’t even think about baby stuff prior to 12 weeks because I had a MMC previously so waited until 2nd trimester before I really started letting myself think about baby things.

Post # 26
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2020

I didnt get to buy much the first time because we where super broke and nearly everything was hand me downs. It sucked and I HATED it as I didnt get a say in anything, the hand me downs where fine but the very few ‘new’ items we got our parents took it upon themselves to buy while I was in premeture labor (apparently future husband ‘approved’ them over the phone) and I got no say in them and they where all bright banana yellow and horrible, I appreciate that people where trying to help but people took over and ended up robbing me of experiances I had looked forward too.

with my second pregnancy I got excited and started buying clothes straight away, I then went on to suffer a MMC and I had to be induced because my body wasnt accepting the loss, it was awful and the clothes just sat their for ages (until my future husband hid them from me).

with my youngest I was scared to buy things, I bought one outfit (to get the urge out) but then counted down the days until viability before really buying other things.

Post # 27
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2017

the earliest we bought anything was the beginning of my third trimester. I didn’t really buy anything until after my shower because we legit got everything we needed for the baby from the shower and other assorted gifts.

Plus everyone came to the hospital and brought MORE stuff once they found out it was a girl. My other groups got me gifts for the baby as well. She’s 3 months old and I think we maybe have bought 2 boxes of diapers because we had so many.

We really didn’t need to think about anything until the third tri tbqh.

Post # 28
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2016

 Also another tip, is look into some of the big box baby stores like buybuybaby, they tend to have sales for the larger things every now and then (crib, carseat, etc) scattered throughout the year. 

Post # 29
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2018

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almk87 :  I’m currently 6 weeks pregnant. I’ve had a MC before, so wouldn’t start buying anything under 12 weeks, and probably nothing major until around 20 weeks.  

I am a planner though, so I am using this time to research about different big ticket items and bookmarking favourites.  After 12 weeks I’ll probably set alerts on second hand sites for such items.  We’ll be buying almost everything 2nd hand for sustainability and budgeting. 

It scratches the itch without actually committing to anything. 

Post # 30
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2018

I wouldn’t buy anything until much later, maybe even well into the second trimester, or beginning of third. I had a miscarriage at 9 weeks and having baby stuff around would make the grief even worse. (Still going through it…)

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